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Thanks to volunteer firefighters for quick response in saving chicken coop
Editor:
We are so grateful to our volunteer fire department. Our chicken house caught fire, and when we noticed smoke, we called them. At the same time, two volunteer firefighters saw the smoke from the highway and arrived immediately. Within a few minutes, multiple fire trucks and many volunteers arrived on the scene.
There was such a sense of professional action, and sensitivity to the chickens. After living here for 48 years, this was our first need for these caring, quick-acting folks. We are so appreciative. Our community is very fortunate to have this great asset.
Another great resource is Foothills Animal Shelter on West Sixth Avenue, which is housing our chickens while we rebuild.
Ann and Mike Moore
Evergreen

Mountain lions were here first
Editor:
I was shocked to hear about the woman whose dog was attacked by a mountain lion and now plans to put razor wire on her fence to keep out the mountain lions. This could mame or potentially kill them. She said, “They are killing machines.”
I would like to ask, why do you live in the mountains, and why would you not expect a mountain lion to do what it does to survive, and that is to hunt and eat? They kill to eat, and that is their natural instinct. If you leave your animals out and unattended, this can happen. The wildlife was here first and is trying to survive with our invasion into their natural habitat.
If we want to live in the mountains, we have to accept responsibility to watch our pets at all times or install a run with a roof to keep them protected. Severely injuring a wild animal so you don’t have to go outside and watch your pet is not the answer. I have pets too, and watch them closely. This is a risk we all take living here, and I am not about to deliberately injure the wild animals that were here first with weapons that will hurt them. I have no right.
Christine Cameron
Evergreen